Activity Category: Hastings

Maina Cafe, Havelock North

Maina sweets

Set in the centre of Havelock North this bright, airy cafe provides delicious food whether you want to sit and enjoy it at a table, or take away from the counter/bakery for a picnic elsewhere. Owned and run by parents to 5 kids, Maina will always be child-friendly. Food is…

Little Black Bird Cafe, Hastings

Blackbird Cafe

If you’re looking for deep fried or sugary stables, you’ll be disappointed but if you’re after a cafe serving home cooked, healthy and nutritious food this is the place for you! The menu changes with the seasons, they make their own bread every day and use herbs from their garden out…

Flip Out Indoor Trampoline Arena, Hastings

Flip Out foam pit

If you need to be inside burning some energy, this trampoline park is a good place to come. The space is split into an area for under 10s with trampolines, a box for climbing on and jumping off at a height smaller kids can manage and a mini foam pit.…

Havelock North Domain playground and skatepark

Havelock Playground water

Reopened in April 2017 after major renovations, this playground now has a big water course running through it. Great for kids who like water play! They can man wheels to control the flow, change the direction and use the shutters to manage the dams. Around the water course, there’s a mini…

Rush Munro Ice Cream Shop, Hastings

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Rush Munro’s is available in various places as scoops or in tubs but somehow this 100% natural ice cream tastes even better at it’s shop in Hastings. It’s been made in Hawke’s Bay (originally by Mr Rush Munro) since 1926 so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect the recipe…

Lions Community Playground at Windsor Park, Hastings

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This fully fenced playground is right next to Splash Planet, in fact it shares a fence. Equipment includes a pirate ship for climbing on (reminiscent of the old Fantasyland that used to be where Splash Planet is now). There’s a slide coming down and a wobbly bridge going across to…

Splash Planet, Hastings

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Splash Planet is fairly well known by summer visitors to the Hawkes’ Bay region and is generally a firm favourite with locals. It’s most talked about for the slides and water features but there’s also a whole section of the park dedicated to ‘dry rides’ which is great for younger kids who might…

Cafe and Sweet Shop at Birdwoods Gallery, Havelock North

Birdwood garden

3km from Havelock North village, this gallery, cafe and old fashioned sweet shop is set in huge grounds with a sculpture garden, indoor and outdoor seating and plenty to keep kids entertained. It’s important to note that the inside cafe area is also a gallery-shop and kids need to be…

Te Awa Winery & Restaurant, near Hastings

Summer FAWC

This is a lovely place to come for a special family meal out. The restaurant at the winery is open and airy with friendly staff that are willing to accommodate kids. There’s a kids’ menu (pizza and fish and chips) which comes with an ice cream for dessert and colouring in for…

Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo, Hauomana

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This farmyard zoo is home to pigs, sheep and calves as well as the more exotic ostriches, alpacas, turtles and peacocks. Kids can interact with the animals and feed them (animal food $1). Springtime is especially popular with baby animals being fed by volunteers. Train rides and pony rides (additional charges,…